Photos: Weekly Gallery, 05/20/12

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  • Advocate staff photo by Travis Spradling Haley Young, 9, of Baton Rouge, leaps from a floating pad in the Lilypad Crossing at BREC's Liberty Lagoon Waterpark, which opened for the summer on Friday. Behind her are Lauren Phillips, 11, left, of Baton Rouge, and Peyton Thibodeaux, 7, center, of St. Amant. More photos, Page 5B.

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  • Advocate staff photo by Travis Spradling In the shade of the new Colonial Pavilion, Toni Cunningham, left, and daughter Kinsey Cunningham, 5, prepare to get wet at BREC's Liberty Lagoon on Friday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by Travis Spradling Jeanne Smith, 11, of New Orleans, slides down a water slide at BREC's Liberty Lagoon on Friday. BREC’s Webb, Anna T. Jordan and Gus Young pools will open for the summer starting Saturday, and the YMCA will be operating outdoor pools at several of its locations throughout the summer.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWER Benjamin Lesley, 10, helps Gabby Cefalu, 2, through the St. George Fire Protection District firetruck Thursday afternoon outside the Jones Creek Regional Branch Library. Kids who attended the fire department's demonstration had the opportunity to sit in the seats and tour the truck.

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  • Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON Senate Sgt. at Arms Gregory Vince Nelson searches through 144 mannequins erected by the ALS Association of Louisiana and Mississippi on the steps of the State Capitol in Baton Rouge Wednesday to find the name of his friend, a former Marine who was taken by Lou Gehrig's disease, and just remember him. The traveling exhibit was installed by ALS Association Louisiana chapter volunteer Terry Singer whose son-in-law died at age 35 from ALS. Every 90 minutes someone dies someone dies in the US from the disease, and every 90 minutes someone is diagnosed, Singer said.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG Last day of school Kindergarten teacher Angela Claire directs students onto the last bus Wednesday for the last day of the 2011-2012 school year at Westdale Heights Academic Magnet School on College Drive. Many area summer camps start next week.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK The Dufrocq School students Alyssa Pough,11, left, and Ashanti Selmon,10, wave goodbye to staff Wednesday afternoon from the last bus leaving the school. Students in the East Baton Rouge Parish school system started their summer vacation Wednesday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING Walk in the park Gary Worthington of Watson leads his three dogs, Liz, a 3-year-old chocolate Labrador, Ray-Ray, a 2-year-old black Labrador mix and Bryttlea, a 4-year-old Pomeranian, for a walk in BREC's City Park Wednesday morning. He said he often drives in to Baton Rouge for the walk because he likes the park so much.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK Mickey ShuniCk's mother, Nancy Ann Rowe, and father, Tom ShuniCk, light candles during a vigil held for their missing daughter Tuesday night at Parc Sans Souci in downtown Lafayette.

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  • Advocate staff photo by Arthur D. Lauck Crews with Port Allen Fire Department spray water Tuesday on tanks at the site of a chemical fire and explosion at the Air Liquide Speciality Chemicals plant in Port Allen.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU Florence Larguier, Betty Barzare, and Pam Myers, from left, share coffee after working out at Busy Bodies, a senior exercise class at Independence Park.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG Dorothy Temple, left, gives her granddaughter, Maddie Elizabeth Temple, 7, a kiss and a hug Monday as Lori Temple, right, her daughter-in-law, watches, after the last day of school program at Bains Elementary School. Dorothy Temple is retiring after 47 years, including 20 as principal of the school. Monday was the last day of classes.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWERPurrr-otestProtestors, from left, Christine Grenat, Victoria Beechler, Joanna Ballard, Sherry Gautreau and Helen Morales (seated) gather outside the East Baton Rouge Parish Animal Control and Rescue Center during a protest at the shelter Monday afternoon. Their protest was spurred by Companion Animal Alliance's removal of the "last minute hope" Facebook page which published photos and information about animals on the eve of their deaths at EBRP Animal Control and Rescue, in hopes someone would rescue them before they were euthanized. Grenat, a former volunteer who was banned from the center without being given a reason, said that the removal of the page is silencing the voices of 5,000 people who "liked" it, and allowing the shelter to kill the animals without the public being aware. Grenat said many people were misled by the removal of the page, thinking its disappearance meant the shelter was switching to a no-kill shelter, and therefore did not need the last minute hope page. Editor's note: This page was modified on May 22, 2012, to reflect that Animal Companion Alliance, not the parish Animal Control and Rescue, removed the Facebook page.Cindy Nguyen holds a kitten housed at the parish animal control center on Monday. Nguyen hopes to adopt a kitten with Keith Phan, left. The center was closed to the public on Monday. However, a representative from the Northside Humane Society, who just picked up a load of cats and dogs to rescue from EPRB Animal Control, allowed Nguyen and Phan to see the animals that will now be available for adoption at Northside Humane Society, a non-profit animal rescue organization. The kitten Nguyen is holding will be transferred to that center.

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  • Advocate staff file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- In this 2008 photo, LSU head coach Paul Mainieri, right, hoists the SEC Tournament trophy after it was presented by SEC commissioner Mike Slive, left, after LSU's 8-2 win over Ole Miss in the championship game of the 2008 SEC Baseball Tournament Saturday at Regions Park in Hoover Alabama.

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  • Advocate Staff Photo by Arthur D. Lauck Sherwood Middle Academic Magnet School eighth-grade English teachers, from left, Monica Kimbrough, Alesha Cavanaugh, Debra Hale and Misti Segura, work together to present the unit on novels in a unique way.

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  • Advocate Staff Photo by Arthur D. Lauck Sherwood Middle Academic Magnet School student Jasmine Martin,13, shows off her web-based novelzine developed from her study of the novel 'The Outsiders.'

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  • Advocate Staff Photo by Arthur D. Lauck Sherwood Middle Academic Magnet School students, from left, Summer Hayes, 14, left, and Kayla Selders, 14, work on their novelzines.

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  • Advocate Staff Photo by Arthur D. Lauck Sherwood Middle Academic Magnet School students Lashyra Courtney, 13, seated front, Paris Whitley, 14, standing, and Jazmyn Johnson,13, center, create vocabulary envelopes for their unit on the novel.

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWERPassengers Jack and Nancy Orlando, left, of Leesburg, Fla., relax Sunday afternoon on the deck of the American Queen, the largest steamboat ever built, while it was docked in Baton Rouge. The Orlandos, who had not traveled on the Mississippi River before, described the experience as 'Perfect, just perfect.'

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  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWERThe American Queen steamboat docked in Baton Rouge on Saturday night during its post-restoration inaugural voyage. The steamboat was idle for three-and-a-half years before restoration began late in the summer.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNISCouncilwoman Ronnie Edwards, left, Jack Carrel, administrator for the Baton Rouge Ryan White Program, and Terri Mitchell, right, carry a banner Sunday during the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial.

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  • Advocate staff photo by Arthur D. Lauck Gone fishingLeonard Baker, of Baton Rouge, hauls in a perch Monday afternoon while fishing at City Park. Baker said he spends four to six days a week fishing because it's better then watching TV.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNISLSU engineering professor, Dr. Zhi Qiang Deng is developing modeling based on NASA satelites to predict where seafood contamination is likely to occur in the Gulf of Mexico.

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  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLANDKayla Phillips and her daughter, RyAnne Scanlon, 4, visit a labor and delivery patient room offering a display with inflatable manikens filling in for a real family during Saturday's open house at the new Woman's Hospital. Phillips, who delivered RyAnne at Woman's original location, said she is looking forward to delivering her second baby at the new location in October.

  • Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLANDBeverly Summers, left, and Janelle Teekal put their fingerprints on artwork that will be framed and hung in the new Woman's Hospital's sea-themed Newborn and Infant Intensive Care Unit. The women were attending the hospital's open house Saturday

  • Advocate photo by April BuffingtonSeth Faulk of Acadiana High School inspects his team's robot before competition during the Redstick Robotics state meet at LSU on Saturday.

  • Advocate staff photo by LIBBY ISENHOWERBREC Superintendent and U.S. Air Force veteran Carolyn McKnight, right, salutes armed forces veteran and artist Charles Barbier, left, during ceremonies Saturday marking public display of the artist's new mural at Greenwood Community Park in Baker. Saturday was Armed Forces Day.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNISLSU's winning 4x400 team of Jonique Day, Rebecca Alexander Latoya McDermott and Cassandra Tate celebrate after winning the event on the final day of the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships last weekend at LSU's Bernie Moore Track Stadium.